Mitte, Berlin - Locations and area guide
Berlin Mitte area
The city of Berlin is one of the largest cities in Germany and is divided into 12 boroughs. Of these 12 boroughs, Mitte, is arguably the most important location, both historically and culturally. Mitte has remained as the centre of Berlin for a long time and was originally the nucleus of what used to be East Berlin.
After the end of the war, Mitte emerged as the city’s centre and today boasts several popular locations and tourist attractions. Most of Berlin’s top museums, galleries, cafes and restaurants are located here. It is also worth noting that a lot of the city’s most popular landmarks can be found in this borough.
Mitte has been subdivided into several sections, in order to make getting around the region easier. Mitte’s main boulevard is known as the Unter den Linden and this road runs from Branderburg Gate to the Museum Island (Museumsinsel). The Museumsinsel is where most of the museums in Mitte are located. Some of the most popular museums in the island are the Pergamon Museum and the Altes Museum. The Berlin Cathedral can also be found in this location, in close proximity to the Altes Museum.
Most of the buildings in the area were built by the DDR regime. Mitte is also where the Lustgarten is located and Nikolaiviertel, a fairly popular tourist location is one of the older parts of Mitte. Nikolaiviertel is located near Alexanderplatz. Another popular neighbourhood in Mitte is the Sapndauer Vorstadt, which is where the Scheunenviertel can be found.
Mitte is also home to the Hauptbahnhof, one of the city’s biggest train stations. This building is a giant complex made of glass and steel where many of the short and long distance trains stop to deposit and pick up passengers.
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